- Higashiosaka City -
Higashiosaka is located in the Nakakawachi region of Osaka Prefecture. With a population of approximately 500,000 it is the third-largest city in the prefecture, after the ordinance-designated cities of Osaka and Sakai. Higashiosaka contains one of Japan’s highest concentrations of small and medium businesses, as well as a large number of micro-factories with advanced capabilities. The city includes a large number of firms that have a worldwide presence, including the Higashiosaka Space Development Cooperative (now known as Astro Technology SOHLA). The cooperative was established in December of 2002 and aims to assist in the development of technologies such as satellites. Higashiosaka is also home to the Hanazono Rugby Stadium, which was first opened in 1929. Being almost 90 years old, the stadium is ingrained into the history of rugby in Japan. The city is famous for the Nationwide High School Rugby Championships - held at the end of every year - and is known as a holy ground for rugby fans and as a ‘city of rugby’.
Community Development Through Rugby
The Holy Land Hanazono Rugby Field, which has become a place of adoration for everyone who enjoys rugby, is the first rugby stadium in Japan completed in 1968.
In March 2015, Hanazono Rugby Field was selected as the venue of the World Cup 2019 Japan Tournament, and in April, it was changed from “Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Field” to “Higashi Osaka City Hanazono Rugby Field”. Higashi-Osaka City, where the Hanazono Rugby Field is located, announced “Rugby Town Higashi-Osaka” in 1991, and the rugby’s “strength, strength,” “solidarity, unity,” “ We are promoting town development that takes advantage of the image of “freshness.”
A City of Advanced Manufacturing
Higashiosaka is located adjacent to the economic center of the Kansai Region. This convenience of transport has led to the city amassing a large number of diverse small and medium businesses with advanced manufacturing skills. At present, there are more than 6,000 small factories in Higashiosaka. These factories share their knowledge, basing their activities around the city’s unique spirit of manufacturing. These businesses work to develop and improve the devices they use to both suit their own needs and to provide novel forms of manufacturing. They also actively work with new materials, establishing new methods of processing. In this way, each company develops different techniques while forging new connections with other manufacturers and challenging themselves to new things. This creates a manufacturing environment that cannot be reproduced elsewhere.
A City of Traditional Culture and Human Connections
Higashiosaka is a powerful city, with strong connections between its residents. It is a city where strangers greet each other like old friends, exchanging pleasantries and small talk. Each year harvest festivals are held throughout Higashiosaka, with portable mikoshi and danjiri shrines being carted around the city. Being surrounded by the Ikomasan mountain range blesses the city with lush nature. Its historical culture and traditions add extra color.